We Need to Talk About…backing up blogs! #blogging #discussion


We Need to Talk About…is my new discussion post where I ask the blogosphere (that’s you guys) for opinions/advice/rants on anything from ‘how do some bloggers read so many books?’ to ‘how do you rate books?’. 

Today, I’m interested to know if you have your blog backed up… 

OK, so… despite running this blog I’m not very good with computers. I’m good at certain programmes and know some basic HTML but on the security side of things I’m pretty lacking. 

I’m the kind of person that doesn’t think about things until it all goes wrong. I’m reckless with paperwork, passwords, saving things. I ignore signs of viruses. My computer is really unorganised and I don’t understand this whole iCloud business. 

The other day I logged into WordPress (actually, I didn’t have to log in because I have all my passwords saved – see, reckless) and when I went to view all posts, there were no posts. Zilch, nothing, nada. I was pretty panicked. But when I logged out and in again it was fine. Phewwwww. 

Obviously, this is made me wonder if I should be backing my blog up somewhere. I mean, it’s just a silly blog, but I’d be really sad if I lost three years of hard work. What if WordPress collapses? What if it’s just gone and you have to start all over again…? It’s possible, right? 

So I ask you, Blogosphere…do you back up your blog? If so, how/where/how much and is it easy? And no, I don’t have any kind of external hard-drive thingy if one needs such a thing….lend me your thoughts below!


Author: lipsyy

Creative Writing graduate. A Northerner in London. I probably love books a bit too much. Also enjoy vampires, unicorns, man love, tennis & can't get enough of trashy teen novels. I find myself thinking 'What Would Buffy Do?' way too frequently. HIYA!

10 thoughts on “We Need to Talk About…backing up blogs! #blogging #discussion”

  1. At the moment I just use the option in WP to export a copy of all my blog content. They send you an email with a link to where you can recover the content. Thankfully I’ve never had to use one of those links and I hope I never do!

  2. I’ve written most of my posts in Word before transferring it over to post but have gotten lazy with certain posts (mainly memes in particular). I do have a ‘blog’ folder on my desktop with various sub-folders for image (e.g. book covers, misc images), themed posts (e.g. discussions, hauls, memes), and so many more. It’s actually pretty messy but I make do. In hindsight, I should transfer this over to a backup drive–which shouldn’t take up much space at all–but ehhhhh, maybe later haha.

  3. I was just thinking about this this past week as well. I’m trying to decide the best way to go about it, whether I should limit my backup to discussion posts because I cross post my reviews, so it wouldn’t be terribly difficult to recover those, but then again, you never know what could happen. Great discussion topic!

    1. Thanks, it’s been bugging me for a while. I do post my reviews on Goodreads too but I’ve even got quite slack at doing that. I think I’d feel better if I had it backed up.

      I’m definitely going to look into the WordPress option Claire suggested.

  4. I never even thought about this, but now I have to! If there’s something built in to WordPress, as mentioned already, that’s probably easiest. It’s terrifying to think that everything could just be gone.

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